Ushering the year of the horse : Chinatown, Singapore 1


It was raining buckets in Singapore yesterday. The whole city-state cast a gloomy face, with puddles of water everywhere and dark clouds till the end of the horizon. In the midst of all this,  we set out to see the Chinese New year light-up and opening ceremony. It wasn’t a good start, right from Joo Chiat Place. The rain-gods were already putting up a clear sign as to how the rest of the evening would turn out.

Joo chiat place in Singapore

Joo chiat place, on a very gloomy Saturday.

This is not the first time that I was visiting Chinatown, and it has become one of my favorite spots in Singapore. But today, Chinatown was crazy crowded like never before, with the number of people who had come to usher in the year of the horse. The shops along New Bridge road and Eu Tong Sen road, were packed to the hilt.

Year of the horse celebrations in Singapore

Chinatown decked up for the year of the horse celebrations

Check out the mid autumn festival celebrations in Chinatown!

And everywhere, you could see the 2000 giant ancient coins, left hanging over the roads, stretching almost entirely over Chinatown. I was told that the whole stretch was created by 55 artists, and took over 15000 man hours to put together.

Chinese new year celebrations singapore

Ancient golden coins hung in Chinatown, Singapore

But the centrepiece of the whole place, were the giant horse-shaped lanterns, signifying the Chinese year of the horse. They represent this year’s festival theme, galloping to prosperity.

 

Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown Singapore

 

Check out the other secret of Chinatown: The tintin shop!

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.


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